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West Fargo City Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to approve first reading of a stricter smoking ban ordinance that will appear on the June 10 election ballot. The ordinance question will ask voters if smoking should be banned in bars, all parts of truck stops, and all public places rented to private parties, with a simple 'yes' or 'no' response. As currently written, the ordinance is tied to Fargo implementing a similar stricter ban.
This week I'm featuring four excellent recipes that incorporate a 'south of the border' flavor, thanks to the interesting mix of seasonings, green chilies and tortilla shells. All are absolutely delicious and relatively easy. The "Chicken Enchiladas" are fantastic and can easily be made ahead of time. I prepare them the night before, refrigerate them, and then add the creamy topping and cheese right before placing them in the oven. Doing it this way requires baking them a little longer, so keep your eye on them. Just make sure that they are piping hot through the middle.
Fifty years can sometimes pass way too rapidly, and nobody is more aware of this than members of the Fargo-Moorhead Toppers Car Club who are having a fantastic time finalizing last minute details of their 50th anniversary show, set for Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, at the Veterans Memorial Arena, located adjacent to West Fargo High School at 1201 7th Ave.
Several positions are open for candidate bids in West Fargo, Harwood, Horace, Mapleton and Reiles Acres in the June 10 Primary Election.
With spring now upon us, Kurt Lepird and his crew at The Silver Dollar are gearing up for a busy 'warm weather' season that will kick off with one of their biggest events of the year, the 10th Annual Charity Motorcycle Run, with proceeds benefiting the local Ronald McDonald houses. For those of you planning your calendars a little bit in advance, this popular event has been set for Saturday, May 24, with registration from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Spring is arriving tomorrow, the weather has warmed up, and Easter is nearly upon us being celebrated Sunday. All certainly reasons to lift the spirits. Easter is an interesting holiday in that it moves around and doesn't always fall on the same date, i.e. the saying we've been hearing frequently, "Easter is so early this year." There's a reason for that. Easter is termed a moveable holiday because it is not fixed in relation to the civic calendar.
Tried a couple of new crockpot recipes the last few weeks that I'm anxious to share. I'm always a little skeptical when a recipe sounds a little too easy to be true, but this time I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised. Preparing the "Creamy Potato Soup" was literally a matter of mixing everything together in the crockpot. The hardest part was chopping the onion, and adding the cream cheese at the end.
West Fargo City Commissioners approved a five-year remodeling tax exemption Monday night for a house destroyed by fire in April of last year, belonging to Jack and Janet Kist at 1401 River St. Following the fire, the Kists built a new home on the old foundation of the house that was initially put in place in 1960, and asked the City for a two-year property tax exemption, currently being granted to West Fargo residents for new home construction. City Assessor Wanda Wilcox said that even though the new home was built in 2007, it didn't qualify for the two-year exemption because officials dec
St. Patrick's Day is approaching next week and if you are Irish (or not) you are more than likely planning on some sort of celebratory event to mark the national 'holiday' of the Irish people, generally observed on March 17, the case this year. More specifically, the day is an annual feast day commemorating St. Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland, who died in the fifth century. Oddly, St. Patrick was not born in Ireland, but Britain. Irish bandits kidnapped him at 16 and brought him to their country.
The West Fargo Planning Department has just released year-end figures for 2007 that once again show ongoing growth for the City of West Fargo as residential and commercial areas thrive. Population numbers continue to noticeably increase, with current projections at over 26,000 once construction has been completed on the 10,366 dwelling units permitted, of which 6,615 are single family dwellings. These new numbers compare to 24,184 residents at the same time a year ago. Overall, 2007 showed a slight increase in the growth rate over 2006 in terms of total dwelling units constructed.